Josh Corbett has become the first Werribee player to join the AFL ranks in five years after signing with Gold Coast for 2019.
The Suns announced on Monday - the first day of the AFL Trade Period - they had secured Corbett and West Adelaide’s Chris Burgess as the first recruits of the off-season from outside the AFL system thanks to the Special Assistance provided by the AFL Commission, which gave the club access to the best state-league talent ahead of the upcoming draft.
Corbett’s signing sees him become the first Werribee player to be recruited by an AFL club since Luke McDonald and Ben Brown were both drafted by North Melbourne in 2013 and comes on the back of a breakout season in the “big W”, his third at Avalon Airport Oval.
The 22-year-old North Warrnambool product kicked 22 goals from nine games and was the VFL’s number-two contested mark behind teammate Sam Collins before having his 2018 campaign cut prematurely short by a season-ending eye injury.
It was enough to see him follow in the footsteps of fellow Werribee product turned AFL star Michael Barlow in being awarded the Fothergill-Round-Mitchell Medal as the VFL’s most promising young player.
Corbett was also the only VFL player to be invited to test at last week’s AFL Draft Combine, though it was ultimately decided he would not take part when it became clear he would sign with the Suns.
The Werribee Football Club would like to congratulate Josh and thank him for his three years of service and wishes him all the very best as he embarks on his AFL career.